August 1, 2023
I just loved this wedding. I loved everything about it. I loved the neutrals with moody blush and mauve touches that Christine wanted for the ceremony, and the pops of deep burgundy that got added to the reception spaces. I loved that this was an elegant wedding, but there was a playfulness about it, from the heavy foliage that was incorporated to feel like trees, to the light and airy bud vase designs on the table.
Christine wanted a super clean and elegant wedding bouquet made of the fluffiest peonies and an orchid cascade. When I got these images back, I. WAS. STUNNED. So timeless!
Jonathan had a vision for “trees” to be created in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, which is already spectacular, let me tell you, but he had seen a picture online, and wanted to try to recreate it. Well, ask and you shall receive! We sure did make some trees, along with a few foliage heavy arrangements.
The reception space incorporated a lot more burgundy blooms, as well as some burgundy foliage. Continuing the theme of “trees”, we created smaller, mini-trees in vases down the centers of the long tables, with bud vases and small arrangements in between. We also created a couple of statement pieces for the buffet and sweetheart table – SO GORGEOUS! I loved the juxtaposition of the heavy greenery in the larger arrangements with the complete absence of foliage in the smaller arrangements.
We used snapdragons, peonies and ninebark foliage for the pops of burgundy. For the blush-y, mauve-y touches, we used Queen Anne’s Lace and Quicksand roses. For our neutral tones, we had peonies, roses and my favorite Champagne Sweetheart roses. For foliage, we used ferns, water oak, cherry laurel, ruscus, and beautiful red huckleberry for another touch of red.
One of my favorite things about this elegant wedding is that Christine came to me with a vision of what she wanted, but she still had confidence in my abilities and vision to let me be creative as well. It was a really fun collaboration! Here are a few more of my favorites!
Photography: Michael Bethea @michaelandcarina @richardphotolab
Venue: Eastern Market DC @easternmarket_dc | Conrad Washington DC @conradwashingtondc | Church of the Immaculate Conception DC @immaculateconceptiondc
All the beautiful USA grown flowers from: East Texas Smilax @east_texas_smilax | Tierra Blooms @tierrablooms | Bees Wing Farm @beeswingfarm_flowers | Clear Ridge Nursery @life0ntheridge | M and M Plants @mandm_plants | Pajarosa Rose Farm @pajarosafloral | Peterkort Roses @peterkortroses